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are considering other ways to help those suffering in libya. hillary clinton says the u.s. military might have a role to play, such as getting supplies to where they're needed. the u.s. secretary of state acknowledged direct intervention would face major opposition. the arab league says it's against any foreign interference. >>> now, some people taking part in the uprising against colonel gadhafi say they want western forces to give support, to prevent more attacks by government planes. some politicians in washington say the u.s. should do just that. but the defense secretary told congress it wouldn't be easy. >> if it's ordered, we can do it. but the really is, and people, there's a lot of, frankly, loose talk about some of these military options. and let's just call a spade a spade. a no-fly zone begins with an attack on libya. to destroy the air defenses. that's the way you'd do a no-fly zone. and then you can fly planes around the country and not worry about our guys being shot down. but that's the way it starts. >> i'm not endorsing it. >> no, i understand that. but it also requires more
shattered by a new round of gunfire that follows a weekend of u.s. led air strikes. president obama answering questions this afternoon for the first time since sending our fighter jets into action. >> the core principle that has to be upheld here is that when the entire international community, almost unanimously, says that there is a potential humanitarian crisis about to take place that a leader who has lost his legitimacy decides to turn his military on his own people, that we can't simply stand by with empty words. >> one of this weekend's bombings badly damaged president gadhafi's compound. pro-gadhafi forces opened fire on a crowd of rebels in mizratah today killing nine of them gaining control of that area seen as critical for gadhafi on a strategic level. what is happening in libya? the latest headline from the uprisingings throughout the middle east look like this away from libya. yemen also in crisis right now. the president is losing his grip on power. he dissolved his cabinet over the weekend but for the growing groups of protesters that's not enough. some of the members
from his national security team as the u.s. sends more support to japan. >> an explosion in one reactor and fire in another sent dangerous levels of radiation into the air and left a boiling pool of nuclear fuel at the plant. >> we need now for everybody to move out of the 12-20 kilometer radius from the no. 1 plant. >> levels of radiation spite, then dropped sharply by the end of the day. the government impose a no-fly zone over the area for commercial aircraft. >> this was a double barrel whammy, as they say. >> the energy secretary sold -- told a senate panel backed an aircraft carrier arrived to detect radiation in the air and on the ground. others will monitors the sebec areas. >> we are managing teams at the consulate and military installations in japan. >> our sister station was told that it is important to provide constant oversight of our facilities here at home. >> i have already been instructed our nuclear regulatory agency to ensure that we take lessons learned from what is happening in japan and that we are constantly upgrading how we approach our nuclear safety in this cou
>>> u.s. soldiers slain. a gunman opens fire on a u.s. military bus. a man in custod neberlin -- custody in berlin. and the reason for the attacks. >> hi. i'm kai jackson. and i'm mary bubala. here's what people are talking about. >>> a gunman opens fire. two u.s. airmen are killed and two others hurt. randall pinkston has more on wjz. >> reporter: the shooter opened fire at the bus carrying u.s. air force personnel, set outside a terminal in frankfurt, germany. two other u.s. airmen were seriously wounded. president obama is promising to get to the bottom of the attack. >> we will spare no effort in learning how this outrageous act took place. and working with german authorities to ensure that all of the pern traitors are brought to justice. >> reporter: after firing his weapon, the gunman ran into a terminal, where authorities tackled him. he is now in police custody. investigators are looking into whether the shooting had any ties to terror groups. the airport is near ramstein air force base, the headquarters of the u.s. air force in europe. the victims were part of an air
's decision in libya and what role the u.s. has welcome to "washington journal" this friday, march 25. in "the baltimore sun," -- nato to take the lead. what do you think about the nato and u.s. role in libya? the numbers to call -- send us your tweets and we will read them. coverage of the nato-u.s. relationship in libya. allied forces hit a libyan jet that ventured into the air. taking a look at "the washington post" coverage. they are starting out with "obama pressed for clarity over libya." coming from both parties in congress, as well as others, to get some sense of where the u.s. is going with this. let's get to the phones and hear what you think. lydia in maryland. democrats' line. caller: i think it is great he is turning over command of the no-fly zone to nato. he said the united states would not be in the lead and it is about time it takes responsibility. more of the gulf states are contributing airplanes to the no-fly zone. i saw last night that night thatqatar, united arab emirates, contributing planes to the no- fly zone. that is great. they can do that. since the united states do
have traces of fukushima radiation shown up in milk in two u.s. states? >>> and take that! the young girl who got back at her bullies by shaming them for all the world to see. >>> we begin with a series of new developments of libya. as of today the u.s. has officially handed off control of the mission to nato. the cia is on the ground and has been for several weeks. the debate rages on over whether or not the u.s. should arm the rebels. listen to what robert gates told a congressional hearing about this this morning. >> in terms of providing that training, in terms of providing assistance to them, frankly, there are many countries that can do that, that's not a unique capability for the united states and as far as i'm concerned, somebody else should do that. >> rebel forces fighting concern have been forced to retreat over 100 miles and lost control of critical areas. the libyan foreign minister, the most powerful man outside the gadhafi family, who is now in the uk. nbc news chief foreign correspondent richard engel live in benghazi. it's been a busy 24 hours, richard. >> reporter:
today, and alleged gunman is in custody 24 hours after the attack that left two u.s. troops dead and another two wounded. the suspect opened fire and a bus full of air men outside the frankfurt airport and there are new signs that terrorism was the reason behind it. >> authorities say the gunmen who was a muslim rates in germany has confessed to an act of terror, her assault on friendly soil. >> i am saddened and outraged by this attack. we will spare no effort in learning how this outrageous act took place. >> the bullet that killed the driver came through this window, striking a bus carrying more than one dozen u.s. air man coming from an airbase in england and route to ramstein airbase in germany. authorities say the gunman pulled out a semi-automatic weapon and began firing over and over shouting god is great in arabic. the shooter got off nine rounds killing two arabs and critically wounding two others. one is gun jammed, the gunmen made his way to the terminal but was tackled by a u.s. airman and german police. >> german chancellor angela merkel said she is dismayed and pro
arranged by u.s. embassy left friday morning. there is a bus on its way from sendai to tokyo right now and many will also be taking those charter flights back to the u.s. it's the first wave of american citizens who will be making their way back home out of concern for uncertainty of the nuclear threat on the ground. all of the focus on the nuclear reactor, though, has overshadowed a humanitarian crisis that continues to unfold to the north of us. the death toll now stands at more than 6,000, more than 10,000 still missing. and we're hearing some evacuation centers are still waiting for supplies a week after the earthquake hit. >> and, akiko, one of the factors of this story many people continue to worry about are the workers there around the plant, in the plant. what is the latest on them? >> reporter: well, we are learning more about the operation that's under way. we understand there's about 20 0 to 300 workers involved in this last-ditch effort. they're rotating about 50 workers at a time. we know they're sleeping in a small living room. they are running out of food. we have not le
. phoenix, arizona on our line for republicans. what should the president say on the u.s. involvement in libya on monday? caller: if he's the intelligent president i want him to tell us why we're going into libya and not the sudan and not bahrain. i think it's un:tionable to open another front when we're spending millions a day on iraq and afghanistan and 50% of our revenue goes to defense. host: the sudan would be another front, too. caller: we could help solve that with humanitarian aid. with the cost in fossil fuels, if we paid the actual cost that fossil fuels cost us, we would pay $12.50 a gallon for gasoline because these wars are about oil. what i'm saying is if he's the innocent president then why doesn't he talk about -- intelligent president why doesn't he talk about the bahrain or sudan? he's doing it for oil just like the last -- just like the iraq war. and i think we need to question why we're doing these things. if we want to help people resisting and trying for democracy, let's do that. but let's not be hidden about our agenda.
available to about 600 animals of u.s. government personnel and japan and the pentagon will assist in the departures and the u.s. expanding its recommended evacuation zone around the nuclear plant to a radius of 50 mi.. president obama speaking this afternoon about the situation the president called japan's prime minister to express his sympathy in a 30 minute phone call on wednesday president obama assured them that we will help them rebuild the devastated nation and our president emphasized the u.s. will do everything support possible to support japan. white house officials say that kan brief the president on efforts to contain the nuclear emergency. the aftermath of the earthquake in tsunami especially painful for one chicago woman her 25 year-old son has been missing for one week in japan now. we have been talking with the mother in life and the west side. >> a very sad one the last time this cynthia spoke with their son was on march 10th a message on line that he let her know that despite earthquake warnings that he was fine. cynthia has not heard since. a message that seems o
approves news corp.'s bid for a buyout. and more charges for a u.s. soldier accused of passing along confidential information to wikileaks. hello. libyan air force jets have launched fresh attacks in the north of the country. a spokesman for anti-government forces say the planes bombed the airports as well as rebel forces. the oil town has been a focus of the fighting. rebels fending off on air and land attack on wednesday. meanwhile tens of thousands of people are still trying to get out of the area. many on the border of tunisia. >> many on the outskirts of the town. anti-aircraft guns are their defense against gaddafi's forces. the rebels work through the night to consolidate their defenses. they say they are determined to hold their grounds that home to a military arms place that's already been targeted. >> i cannot call him colonel anymore after these days. he is now gaddafi the destroyer. this man says with god's help we will defeat our friend muammar gaddafi. along the coast the hospital, the town that was a scene of fierce fighting on wednesday between the rebels and pro-gadd
a weekend of punishing allied air attacks in libya. according to u.s. officials, coalition strikes have successfully crippled gadhafi's air defenses and a no-fly zone is effectively in place over the country. although gadhafi himself is not a target of what is being called operation odyssey dawn, one of the strikes caused extensive damage to the libyan leader's tripoli compound last night. at this hour, gadhafi's whereabouts remain unknown. he has vowed to fight a long, drawn out war with western forces. making the rounds on the sunday talk shows, admiral mike mullen stressed that the u.s. role in libya would be limited but he did not give an exact date of how long the u.s. would remain involved. >> there's no one that understands better than i that the stress and the strain that we've been under for a long time in our tenth year of war, both in iraq and in afghanistan. that said, we are within our capability and capacity to be able to execute this mission. the directions have been given to me, it is limited. it is very focused and in that regard, we're more than able, as has been shown
is in afghanistan making a surprise visit overnight. for the next two days he'll visit with u.s. troops in the south and east where the taliban insurgency is strongest. he'll also meet with the president of afghanistan. this is gates' 13th trip to the country. he was last there in december. u.s. troops are set to begin withdrawal in july. >>> the crisis in libya is intensifying with battles over territory. opposition forces are trying to take control over cities surrounding the capital of tripoli. forces loyal to long-time leader moammar gadhafi are fighting back with heavy rounds of artillery, air strikes and gunfire. meanwhile, tens of thousands of people are escaping the violence and setting up a refugee camp across the border in tunisia. >>> violence in the middle east is costing up the price of oil production. this morning the u.s. is considering tapping into emergency oil reserves in response to oil gas prices. the u.s. has 727 million barrels of oil stored underground along the gulf coast. oil prices rising above $106 a barrel today in asia. >>> while you slept gas prices spiked again in the
as a u.s. operation. so there really was a need from their point of view to build up enough international political support so that the united states could say -- stay if not in the background, at least sort of on the sidelines. >> and the president in his press conference, i thought it was striking to list the things that we're not going to do. we're not going to deploy ground troops. we're not going to use force to go beyond a well-defined goal. what's with all this not, not, not stuff? >> there's a lot of ambiguity. he did say we're not going to employ a ground force which is prohibited by the u.n. resolution as well. he also said the goal of the operation will not go beyond protecting civilians. but at the same time, he said qaddafi has lost the legitimacy to lead. and you had secretary clinton and you had the french government also saying that the logical result of this operation will be that the qaddafi regime is overthrown. so they've certainly injected -- gwen: a logical result, but is that the goal? they've now set out a goal they have to push him out of office. they can't stop s
where could the first strikes come from? perhaps u.s. naval vessels. cruise missiles could be involved. there are nato air bases that could be used in any no-fly zone. one immediate concern, the libyan military, while not powerful, has a stro anti-aircraft surface-to-air missile system here. watch for strikes first in the days ahead. we'll be on top this tomorrow as well as the japan crisis. "in the arena" right now. >>> good evening, i'm eliot spitzer, welcome to the program. will cain and gloria borger join plea and we'll go to anderson cooper in a moment on the story of the most desperate methods to stem the radiation from the crippled nuclear reactors. photos taken from military aircraft by people who surely risked their lives show just how grave the damage is. look at that and imagine how difficult it will be to save the crippled facility. but first, breaking news just coming in. there could, emphasis could, be an attack on libya very soon, indeed within hours. the battle for benghazi, the battle for libya may well be about to begin. this after the united nations passe
far. there is a tsunami warning in hawaii and parts of the u.s. west coast today friday, march hawaii and parts of the u.s. west coast today friday, march 11, 2011. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> welcome to "today" on this friday morning. i'm meredith vieira. >> i'm ann curry in for matt. this was a powerful earthquake. the images are stunning out of japan. it shows the tsunami sweeping inland, some 60 miles over farmland in sendai japan, 200 miles north of tok yochlt cars, housings, buildings being swept out with this massive wave. >> it started with an 8.9 magnitude quake that hit around 2:45 p.m. local time. it is the largest quake in japan's recorded history and the fifth strongest quake in the world in the past 111 years. there have been at least 19 aftershocks, including several stronger than last month's devastating quake in new zealand. a tsunami warning has been extended to include hawaii and parts along the u.s. west coast. >> when it starts to hit the continental shelf it moves as fast as 500 miles per hour, the speed of a jumbo jet. the first wave is exp
a nationwide review to see if u.s. plants are vulnerable to the same type of earthquake that hit japan. the indian point station is about 25 miles from new york city has two operating nuclear reactors and it sits right on top of the ramapo fault line. the nrc filed a report uncovering a higher safety risk at the plant than previously thought. and that's gotten the attention of new york governor andrew cuomo, a long-time opponent of indian point. >> the world has changed. reevalua reevaluate. reevaluate and look at the situation and decide whether or not you should grant this facility a license today. with what you know today. >> now, we had a chance to speak with officials from energy corp. on our show last week. they say they welcome a safety review. 27 nuclear reactors, including indian point have been singled out for inspections by the nrc. allan chernoff has been granted exclusive access inside the indian point plant and we'll have his report coming up in the next hour of "american morning." >>> another morning of explosions in tripoli and heavy aircraft fire. as of last night, the
in the u.s. customers can expect better coverage. and also fewer pricing plans. >> let's hope. >> let's hope so. >>> here's your monday forecast, everybody. have some heavy rain in southern california. showers in san francisco, portland and seattle. another 2 feet of snow in the sierra range and a foot in the southern rockies. showers from the upper midwest to the ohio valley. a wintry mix in northern new england and rain here in new york and in philly. >>> 70s from dallas and miami. 64 in omaha. 60s from billings to salt lake city. near 70 in phoenix. >>> well, it was a stunning close encounter that was simply out of this world. >> pretty cool. i don't know if anybody saw this around here. take a look at this. it looked to the heavens saturday night. you were probably treated to a full moon like none other. scientists call this a super moon because it came so close to the earth. the closest it's come in nearly two decades. >> after the super moon rose in the east it appeared 14% larger and 30% brighter than a regular full moon. you said your dad is really into astrono astrono astrono
on this desperate attempt just ahead. >>> growing disagreement today between officials in japan and here in the u.s. over the severity of the situation. the chair of the u.s. regulatory commission believes a storage pool holding highly radioactive spent fuel rods may be completely empty at this point and that at times radiation levels have been so high they would be lethal in a very short period of time. he urged americans to stay at least 50 miles away from the plant but that's four times the distance of the evacuation order from japanese officials. people in japan are growing really frustrated at this point about the lack of clear, prompt information. we'll talk about that as well as the state department's decision to begin offering voluntary evacuation to family members of personnel in japan. >> we have a lot to get to. let us start this morning with ann curry who is in northern japan. ann, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning to you, matt. as you report the situation is still very serious. the japanese government is saying the radiation levels are stable. the u.s. has its own experts
developments on two big stories. is the u.s. preparing to bomb libya? the u.n.'s major decision to protect libyan civilians from the gadhafi regime. >>> and also the race to stop a nuclear disaster in japan. today's desperate emergency action to stop an all outright meltdown. it is friday, march 18th. >>> good morning, everyone. i'm peggy bunker. >> and i'm rob nelson. >>> military action against libya could happen in just a matter of hours. meanwhile, moammar gadhafi's son interviewed exclusively with abc news is now responding and is as defiant as ever. >>> and as nuclear crisis escalates in japan, the west coast of the united states is now on alert already monitoring radiation levels there. >> it's funny, too, because they say they have those monitors up already. in seattle, your hometown, will be the first place to know if a wave does hit us. >> and the epa will be watching that closely. that's for sure. >>> we do begin with the dramatic decision to take military action in libya. the u.n. security council voted just hours ago. >> and now the u.s., france, britain and other countries ar
by secretary of state hillary clinton. she says now the u.s. can begin to reduce its participation in this operation. the u.s. has flown 70% of those flights so far, and already, she says, we're seeing fewer american planes in the skies over libya. the u.s., however, jointly with britain and france, will still be responsible for some of the toughest parts of the mission. lynn. >> tracie, thanks so much. >>> well, the federal aviation administration says it has suspend an air traffic control supervisor after he fell asleep on duty forcing two passenger planes to land at reagan international airport without any distance. nbc's kristin dahlgren has more on a story that raised a lot of questions about who is minding the runways. >> reporter: final approach to reagan international airport. the american airlines flight from miami gets no response. >> the pilot gets over the loud speaker and says, sorry, folks, we can't land right now. >> reporter: even a nearby operations center can't raise reagan's tower. >> tried to call on landline and on the commercial line and there's no answer. >>
. >> all right, all right. >> reporter: u.s. experts believe it could be weeks before this emergency is resolved and americans are being urged to flee a 50-mile area around the plant. on our shores, radiation monitoring has been stepped up on the west coast as a precaution. >> we do not expect harmful levels of radiation to reach the west coast, hawaii, alaska or u.s. territories in the pacific. >> reporter: u.s. airports are now screening passengers and cargo coming out of japan. >> we have seen no radiation, by the way, even on incoming cargo or passengers that comes close to reaching a harmful level. >> reporter: in tokyo, experts say radiation levels are still below harmful levels, but anxiety is rising. the pentagon is now organizing a voluntary evacuation of american military families and citizens who want to get out. brian mooar, nbc news, washington. >>> well, one week since japan's worst ever disaster, new stunning footage has emerged from a local japanese news crew. they were in a taxi seconds before catastrophe struck. carl dennin of england's channel 4 tells us their stor
that the courageous responders on the scene have the benefit of american teamwork and support. >> reporter: u.s. experts believe it could be weeks before this emergency is resolved and americans are being urged to flee a 50-mile area around the plant. on our shores, radiation monitoring has been stepped up on the west coast as a precaution. >> we do not expect harmful levels of radiation to reach the west coast, hawaii, alaska or u.s. territories in the pacific. >> reporter: u.s. airports are now screening passengers and cargo coming out of japan. >> we have seen no radiation, by the way, even on incoming cargo or passengers that comes close to reaching a harmful level. >> reporter: in tokyo, experts say radiation levels are still below harmful levels, but anxiety is rising. the pentagon is now organizing a voluntary evacuation of american military families and citizens who want to get out. brian mooar, nbc news, washington. >>> well, one week since japan's worst ever disaster, new stunning footage has emerged from a local japanese news crew. they were in a taxi seconds before catastrophe struc
in libya. reports say there is now a secret order for u.s. involvement inside the war-torn nation. although president obama has promised no ground troops will see action in libya, apparently there are americans working for the u.s. government there. for more, we go to nbc's tracie potts. >> reporter: good morning, everyone. these first reports came from the associated press. reporting that the cia is on the ground in libya. that president obama has signed an order authorizing small groups of covert operatives on the ground there. the cia, as you might expect, has not confirmed it. this is not unusual. we saw the same thing in afghanistan, in iraq. they armed the rebels there, unclear whether or not the u.s. will do that here. experts say they may be gathering intelligence about the opposition forces which seem to be fragmented or about moammar gadhafi's military to help the air assault effort there. now, also, we know this morning that libya's foreign minister has defected. he arrived in london yesterday, officials say, protesting the attacks on civilians. the u.s. is hoping this means that
, apparently there are americans working for the u.s. government there. for more we go to tracie potts. good morning to you. >> reporter: veronica, good morning. good morning, everyone. these first reports came from "the new york times," the associated press also now reporting that it appears the cia is on the ground in libya. that president obama has signed an order authorizing small groups of covert operatives on the ground there. the cia, as you might expect, has not confirmed this. this is not unusual. we saw the same thing in afghanistan, in iraq. they armed the rebels there. unclear whether or not the u.s. will do that here. experts say they may be gathering intelligence about the opposition forces which seem to be fragmented or about muammar gadhafi's military to help the air assault effort there. now also we know this morning that libya's foreign minister has defected. he arrived in london yesterday, officials say, protesting the attacks on civilians. the u.s. is hoping this means that gadhafi's government may be imploding from the inside. and speaking of those rebels, they are backi
officials say u.s. is not trying to kill gadhafi, operation odyssey dawn appears to have hit close to home for the libyan leader. nbc news learned that english forces conductsed a strike on his compound. it's not known where gadhafi was at the time. but aordering to "the new york times," journalists bussed to the site didn't report casualties. >>> and u.s. defense secretary robert gates intends to hand over leadership of the coalition in a matter of days. for more on the operation, we go to nbc's brian moore. >> reporter: with a second day of fighter jet attacks and missile strikes, european and american forces have blinded moammar gadhafi's air defenses, crippled his air force and now are threatening to pound his army into submission. >> we judge the strikes to have been very effective in significantly degrading the regime's air defense capability. >> the libyan leader threatened a long bitter fight. hours later, he declared a second cease-fire in less than a week. in brazil, president obama declared libya's fate will be decided by libyans. >> the change they seek must be driven by their
interest rates will be lifted before those of the u.s. dollar, before the fed moves to hike rates. we saw the euro brief live above 1.40, it's come back from there, 1.3975. and, so there's a little bit of a selloff, money coming off the table in terms of the euro. let's have a quick look at the japanese yen there. 82 to the dollar. andrew? >>> well, speaking of money coming off the table. charles, a down day across most of asia today. shanghai backed the trend and healthy too, up 1.9% as fears to move to limit inflation receded. now, it is now at a near four-month high. meanwhile in japan, the nikkei was down on the combination of political scandal. more on that later. and the continued high price of oil amid these concerns of further unrest in africa and the middle east. toyota and honda among the exporters down 3% and 2% respectively. in sidney, the s&p down by 1.4%. and on the first day of longer trading hours the hang seng was down .4%. hong kong, today marks the start of a shorter lunch break. instead of two hours, they only get 90 minutes for lunch now and starting 30 minutes earlie
in the correct drives -- griefs. tonight, one u.s -- graves. tonight, the situation might be worse than originally thought and tom fitzgerald joins us now and this is going to the issue of mismarked graves? >> reporter: that is what it's about. the new information stems from previously secret testimony from the workers at the ceremony. the testimony that indicates the number of mismarked graves at arlington national cemetary and maybe larger than previously thought. arlington national cemetary is america's hallowed ground. but arlington's image has been under siege since the army revealed decades of mislabeled graves missing remains and headstones being used to line waterways. the scope of the mismanagement and bad record keeping here at arlington national cemetery came to light in 2010, but as a new administrator gets to work at sorting out the mess, it turns out the problem might be much worse than previously thought. a new article in "time" magazine suggests the mix-up is so bad, that it might be impossible to sort out. time-obtained transcripts, t
in to help private american citizens wishing to leave japan. >>> u.s. citizens are also being urged to defer all nonessential travel to any part of that country because unpredictable wind conditions could spread radioactive contamination. and the u.s. is still telling americans living -- living within 50 miles of the damaged plant to leave the area or at least remain indoors while the japanese government is limiting its warning to people living within 12 miles of the plant. and that's one example of what some in the obama administration believe is japan downplaying the risk. coming up at:15, we'll have a live report -- 7:15, we'll have a live report on this disaster. >>> scientists on the west coast are watching a radioactive plume movement. it's expected to hit the aleutian islands south of i -- that's south of alaska sometime today. health experts are saying radiation is plunging. the epa is installing more radiation detection mob teres here in -- monitors here in california just to keep track of the threat. jade hernandez is joining us live. she's at uc berkeley where they are installing
, saying even though the u.s. wasn't in imminent danger, our interest and value, but the attacks stopped short of trying to get moammar gadhafi out. >> if we try to overthrow gadhafi by force, our coalition would splinter. we would likely to to put u.s. troops on the ground. >> reporter: not an option, the president said. instead, secretary of state hillary clinton is in london today meeting with countries who want to see a new government in libya. their aim? pressure gadhafi to step down on his own. >> he tied up the financial assets of $33 billion. he got an embargo. he's getting weaker all the time. >> reporter: those on capitol hill say the president should have consulted congress fist. you have to be careful. >> reporter: todmorrow, the u.s takes the back seat. now, bahrain, syria, yemen, the president says wherever people want to be free, they'll find a friend in the united states. veronica. >> tracie potts in washington, thank you. >> tonight on nbc nightly news brian rill yams will discuss president obama and hesitate fight in libya. >>> the nuclear disaster in japan keeps gettin
today as they brief congress on the mission in libya. steve handelsman has more. >> reporter: as the u.s. role in the libyan air war gets smaller and nato gets set to take over command, moammar gadhafi is not giving up or getting out. his forces counter attack, pushing libyans back, targeting civilians in rebel-held towns. >> gadhafi is using snipers to shoot people down and let them bleed to death in the street. >> reporter: at secretary of state clinton's meeting with u.s. allies in london, topic one was the dictator. qatar's prime minister. >> we urge gadhafi and his people to leave and not to cause any more bloodshed. >> reporter: but so far, it's the libyan leader's call and he says no. >> i'm not sure that we know exactly when we will get to any change in attitude by gadhafi. >> reporter: president obama told brian williams, economic and diplomatic pressure could force gadhafi out. >> our expectation is that as we continue to apply steady pressure not only militarily but through other means that gadhafi will ultimately step down. >> reporter: president obama ruled out using u.s. gr
u.s. attorney needs to get involved. on sunday, sulaimon brown, at the center of this political scandal, stepped up his attacks on vincent gray, saying the public should know gray is a crook. >> they need to know that mayor vincent gray is an organized criminal. he's a -- if he was -- if it was in the case of a mob, it would be racketeering. >> reporter: brown, a minor candidate for mayor last year, alleged in the "washington post" story sunday that campaign aides gave him cash to attack then mayor adrian fenty. >> reporter: sulaimon brown is calling you an organized crime figure. >> is he? >> reporter: yes, he said you were -- as an organized criminal. >> i see. >> reporter: mayor gray, who denies any wrongdoing, declined on monday to respond to brown's latest accusation. but gray on sunday called for an investigation by the city attorney general and the d.c. council. the council has since sent the matter to the independent inspector general, charles will bee. >> we indicated yesterday we were fine with wherever it was referred. we suggested the inspector general. >> reporter:
their money. and a u.s. official says four more u.s. flights took egyptians to cairo on sunday after they fled from libya into tunisia. and tunisia has been struggling to cope with the number of refugees streaming over their border. there have been days where as many as 15,000 came in. well, that's now down to around 3,000. and cnn's ivan watson is on that libyan frontier of tunisia and sent us this report. >> reporter: the people keep streaming across the border into tunisia. more than 100,000 people have fled in the last two weeks and more keep coming. they are met by tunisian volunteers who hand out food and water. and this is important because these refugees are hungry and thirsty and frightened. many of them tell us that they haven't had any access to food and water for days and they've been charged exorbitant prices for transport to try to flee the fighting in libya. >> i'm so very hungry. >> reporter: why? >> i never eat anything. >> reporter: no for food for four days? >> no food. >> people are afraid to come out. >> reporter: yeah. >> they are afraid because of the libyans. >> reporte
the no-fly zone to nato but there are could be. u.s. covert action could be heading libya's way. john bolton is here to tell you about a secret document the president has signed. things are growing more unstake. libyan's foreign minister flees for england. why is the foreign minister running for cover in england? he says he quit, but he's not going quietly. >> to the bizarre, gadhafi has hired a former nicaragua want foreign minister -- to represent him at the united nations. strange? in the midst of this chaos and uncertainy the cost of war in libya is sigh rocketing. the pentagon saying -- is skyrocketing. the pentagon saying it has already cost american taxpayers 550 million dollars. that number is growing. and growing. and growing. former u.s. ambassador to the u.n. john bolton joins us. good evening. >> good evening. >> greta: tell me about this document that the president has signed? there's been much discussion it is a secret document what is the significance? >> it is always good to know when the president signs a finding for a covert operation we learn about it quickly the ra
the u.s. and libyans. the congressional reaction and brit hume's analysis. plus, healthcare is one year old. top of the hour. ♪ ♪ >> glenn: i have to tell you, america. i wrote on this board over here about how the middle east would be set on fire. i told you that during tunisia. let me give you an update. bomb struck israeli bus stop in jerusalem this morning. one woman was killed more than 30 were injured. this was the first major palestinian attack in the city in years. it will get world health organization they're spoking israel. they want them to respond. in syria, forces opened fire on protesters killing at least 15 people. why don't we have a no fly zone there, too? witness described the scene like this. the security forces fired as they came from the north. bodies fell in the street. then we go to libya, we strangely are protecting the citizens. a country is in trouble and i fear is going to make england, france and the u.s. look bad. i wonder if that was intentional. the same time we go in and protect the innocent citizens of libya, the same weekend the german magazine "der
. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, rob and peggy. u.s. officials are claiming early success after two straight nights of assaults on libya, but they're being less specific on how long this operation will last and what future role the u.s. will play. cruise missiles, stealth bombers and fighters pounded targets across libya. in tripoli anti-aircraft fire blazed into the sky. the scars in benghazi are raw. >> we die or we win. we have no other choice. we die or we win. >> reporter: the rebels say the attack on gadhafi's columns came just in time but saif gadhafi told abc news's christiane amanpour that the americans are supporting the wrong side. >> the americans and other western countries, you are supporting the terrorists and armed militia. that's it. >> reporter: libyan state tv showed what it said were civilians wounded by the coalition air raids. it aired a statement from colonel gadhafi -- >> translator: you are not capable of a prolonged -- for a prolonged war in libya. we consider ourselves ready for a long war. be aware of that. >> reporter: the next phase will be the no-f
handelsman has the latest. >> reporter: as the u.s. role in the libyan air war gets smaller and nato gets set to take over command, muammar gadhafi is not giving up or getting out. [ gunfire ] >> reporter: his forces counterattack pushing libyan rebels back, targeting civilians in rebel i street. >> reporter: at secretary of state clinton's meeting with u.s. allies in london, topic one was the dictator. qatar's prime minister. >> we ask gadhafi and his people to leave and not to cause any more bloodshed. >> reporter: so far it's the libyan leader's call, and he says no. >> i'm not sure that we know exactly when we will get to any change in attitude by gadhafi. >> reporter: president obama told brian williams economic and diplomatic pressure could force gadhafi out. >> our expectation is that as we continue to apply steady pressure not only militarily but also through other means that gadhafi will ultimately step down. >> reporter: president obama ruled out using u.s. ground troops, but capitol hill is splittered. >> forcing gadhafi to leave power, i disagree with the president saying that the
is facing now new pressure from congress over the u.s. military's role in libya. >> republicans are now demanding specifics from the president about his goals in libya. john hendren has the latest from washington. good morning, john. >> reporter: good morning. as the military operation in libya enters its sixth day, at least in public, moammar gadhafi is showing no sign of giving up. sources say obama administration officials have told european allies they want to hand off control of the international operation in libya this week. nato is already activating ships and planes in the mid terrain yan, a move president obama describes as u.s. exit strategy. >> the exit strategy will be executed this week in the sense that we will be pulling back from our much more active efforts to shape the environment. >> reporter: in benghazi they're cheering a no-fly zone as airborne life line. pro-democracy rebels are holding onto that area. secretary of state hillary clinton calls it the humanitarian catastrophe that did not happen. >> gadhafi' troops were poised to enter benghazi over the weekend, put
worse snow? germany. a big freeze in france. in the u.s., the worst blizzards of the decades. but despite all of that, but despite of all that, their economies grew in the fourth quarter. and while our growth has worsened, theirs have improved. the german economy -- the chancellor -- the chancellor should just calm down just a little bit, mr. deputy speaker. the german economy is forecast to grow more strongly than it was last year. so is the united states. growth in the world economy has been revised up. but which is the major country downgrading its growth forecast, the united kingdom. mr. deputy speaker, it's not the wrong type of snow to blame. it's the wrong type of chancellor. it's the wrong type of chancellor in the wrong type of government with the wrong priorities for britain. mr. deputy speaker, mr. deputy speaker -- >> courtesy should be shown but can i say to everybody, the public also wants to hear what the opposition has got to say. if the cabinet members do not want to listen, then please leave the chair. some people may agree, some may disagree. the opposition
as a place to wash. >>> a new warning today for americans overseas. the state department is urging u.s. citizens not to travel to yemen. for those already there, officials say they should consider leaving now. let's bring in nbc news white house correspondent mike viqueira. good sunday morning to you, mike. >> good morning, alex. >> what's the latest that's prompting this warning? >> there are terrorist warnings, terrorist unrest, civil attacks in yemen. yemen an impoverished country strategically located on the arabian peninsula. they've had a man in power there for 32 years, president ali abdullah saleh. this unrest has been happening for the past couple months, corresponding to the unrest in egypt. you'll recall that president saleh said, okay, he tried to launch a preemptive political strike, said i will not seek a eternal at the end of his current term in 2013, won't install my son at that time. for a while it appeared that might hold. now it appears the situation is deteriorating rapidly. adding to the complicated factor in yemen is the presence of al qaeda on the arabian peninsu
, the term that was used in testimony by a senior u.s. army official was flickers of evidence of an al qaeda presence, a jihadist presence. what do you sense being there and how do you quantify this, if at all. >> reporter: look, you know, it's a red flag which has to be remembered is not the first to raise it so one has to be careful in this sort of game not to play into what is an inevitable part of any war which is psychological propaganda. most of us on the ground who hear this al qaeda specter being raised it's the kind of thing that immediately resounds in the united states and causes a lot of people to freeze. you know, there's hardly a country which doesn't have some sort of anti-western jihadi i would say al qaeda might be stretching it presence amongst its population, after all, the last ten years have been -- we all know what's happened in the last ten years, but in libya it seems there is a small group of devout muslim men, some of whom fought in wars over the past decade in other countries but they do not have control of the movement and they seem to even welcome the american pr
is saying about a scheduled house committee hearing into islamic radicalism in the u.s. >>> plus, gas prices climbing at a near-record pace. what you can do to find the best deals in your neighborhood. >>> and president obama is meeting right now with the prime minister of australia. what the prime minister is promising the u.s. this morning at the >>> right now, secretary of defense robert gates is meeting with the afghan president in kabul. he made a surprise visit to afghanistan overnight. the next two days, he will visit with u.s. troops in the south and east, where the taliban insurgency is the strongest. u.s. troops are set to begin withdrawal in july. this is the 13th trip to the country for gates. he was last there in december. >>> in a television interview, libyan leader moammar gadhafi accused al qaeda of causing the crisis in his country. gadhafi gave an exclusive interview to a french television station. the embattled leader denounced international groups from interfering in his country's affairs. meanwhile, libyan rebels say they need to regroup after an intense attack by forces
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of the humuantarina effort. >> this is the near of the airport to the border and two u.s. aircraft based from germany would be landing this morning bringing humanitarian supplies and they are ready to load up with the thousands of refugees would have crossed the border and are headed back to take their him to egypt and the other countries from where they came. so the u.s. is now front and center in the ongoing effort to help all of the tens of thousands of refugees who have fled the fighting in libya. >>jonathan: thank you, jonathan from tunisia. encouraging news on the job market. the labor bureau reports the national unemployment rate is now below 9 percent, 8.9 percent in the month of february, the lowest level in two years. the service sector helped lead the way which accounts for somewhere near 90 percent of the u.s. workforce and it is expanding at the fastest rate in five years. and now peter from the fox business network at the white house. if you drill down on the numbers you can find out who is hiring and firing. >>reporter: well, overall the economy created 192,000 jobs last month. but, st
launches. i think it's an unnecessary and unacceptable risk for the u.s. i think the u.s. could support this with intelligence. as well as logistics. but i don't want to see u.s. aircraft involved in a no-fly zone. >> judge napolitano: walid, should the president of the united states ask you for his advice about whether any military assistance would work, having just heard what the general said and respecting him as i know you do, what would you tell the president? >> the best thing is not to involve any of our assets if we can. but time is not on our side. in the sense that what is happening in the opposition area is where i'm concerned. not really what gaddafi is doing. gaddafi could be taken out by either the united states or the europeans no doubt about that. but i'm afraid that the radical element will slowly creep in to the area of the command and soon we will have libya under gaddafi and maybe libya under a radical at the end of the day. it's a hard strategic choice to make. >> judge napolitano: last question, what do you think will happen? as things now stand, is he crazy enough
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